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Ebola Outbreak Spins Out Of Control On Eve Of Obama’s African Summit In Washington
The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11:21 p.m. CDT Sunday, July 27, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor

Posted on 07/28/2014 7:17:41 AM PDT by kristinn

The Obama administration is hosting a major summit the first week of August with leaders of African nations in Washington, D.C. as the Ebola outbreak in Africa is spinning out of control. This week Washington is playing host to young African leaders.

As the meetings were set to begin, the Ebola outbreak stunned experts this past week by killing a man who flew from Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria, with a layover on Togo, without his condition being detected. The AP reported:

“The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola’s symptoms are similar to other diseases.

“Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man’s flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola could possibly have spread to a fifth country.

“Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won’t travel by airplane, according to Dr. Lance Plyler, who heads Ebola medical efforts in Liberia for aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.

“”Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid,” he said.”

The Ebola victim, 40 year-old Patrick Sawyer, was a consultant to Liberia’s Ministry of Finance—just the kind of professional person who might be attending the summit in Washington.

According to the AP report diagnosis of those infected with Ebola but not showing symptoms is not easy:

“Doctors say health screens could be effective, but Ebola has a variable incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be diagnosed on the spot.”

“Doctors say health screens could be effective, but Ebola has a variable incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be diagnosed on the spot.”

The leaders of fifty African nations, from Egypt in the north to South Africa in the south have been invited to the summit by President Obama which was announced back in January. Included in the invited countries are those affected by the Ebola outbreak: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Over 1200 people have been infected by the Ebola virus with nearly 700 of those having succumbed to the virus so far. Citing WHO, the BBC reports 100 health workers have contracted the virus in the current outbreak with half of them dying. Two Americans with Samaritan’s Purse have recently come down with the virus in Liberia.

A press release by Washington’s Metropolitan Police on street closures for the summit shows that large swaths of the District including Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, the Maine Avenue waterfront and areas around the White House will be affected by the summit.

One can imagine what is going through the minds of officials at the CDC, Secret Service and Homeland Security. While the odds are low, with the Africa based virus now being transported by international plane travel the summit has the potential to become a real life Outbreak movie or 24 episode.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ebola; obama

1 posted on 07/28/2014 7:17:41 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; ...
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

The purpose of the “Bring Out Your Dead” ping list (formerly the “Ebola” ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.

So far the false positive rate is 100%.

At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the “Bring Out Your Dead” threads will miss the beginning entirely.

*sigh* Such is life, and death...

2 posted on 07/28/2014 7:18:32 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: kristinn

I sure hope obama doesn’t catch it.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 7:19:14 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Meanwhile the left is sending invitations to Bush.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 7:21:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: null and void

Wouldn’t that be horrible.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 7:22:40 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: kristinn

One can imagine what is going through the minds of officials at the CDC, Secret Service and Homeland Security.

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No, I can’t ..... not with this administration & their dereliction of duty regarding protecting America’s interests.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 7:23:09 AM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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7 posted on 07/28/2014 7:23:10 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: kristinn

Coming to a border state near you.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 7:23:52 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: kristinn

A major distraction to the “send more money” narrative that Obama wanted.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 7:25:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: kristinn

I hate to say it, but the American doctor’s wife and son are back in the USA (Texas)...
They are being monitored, but afaik not in isolation.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 7:26:02 AM PDT by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: kristinn

Say it’s not so


11 posted on 07/28/2014 7:28:29 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: kristinn

Will Obama be in a Bubble at the Meeting ?


12 posted on 07/28/2014 7:40:30 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: kristinn

13 posted on 07/28/2014 7:41:37 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: djf

The doctor’s family should have been put into isolation, because the incubation period is 3 weeks.They could currently be infectious right now. I think the doctor was a saint in trying to help, but why did he bring his family? I do not understand that. I also think that if a person volunteers to treat patients that are infected with viruses in 3rd world countries, that the organization sponsoring them should set up an isolation room , and keep the volunteer there until they have cleared the incubation period. It does no good to western society to have people go to Africa to basically treat an incurable disease, then bring the virus back to us. The best solution is to have had the military surround the infected towns, no one goes or out, and let the virus burn out.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 7:54:45 AM PDT by kaila
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To: Qiviut; tx_eggman
"The Ebola victim, 40 year-old Patrick Sawyer, was a consultant to Liberia’s Ministry of Finance—just the kind of professional person who might be attending the summit in Washington"

Wouldn't that be ironic...
15 posted on 07/28/2014 7:54:59 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: kristinn

Patrick Sawyer was going to return to Minnesota next month.

http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3516094.shtml?cat=127


16 posted on 07/28/2014 7:56:18 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: null and void

Hard to catch it at the golf course or beaches of Havayee.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 7:59:49 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: V_TWIN

Coming to a border state near you.


Did you bother to read this, or did you only look at the headline?

“The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola’s symptoms are similar to other diseases.”

“Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man’s flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola could possibly have spread to a fifth country.”

“Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won’t travel by airplane, according to Dr. Lance Plyler, who heads Ebola medical efforts in Liberia for aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.”

“Doctors say health screens could be effective, but Ebola has a variable incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be diagnosed on the spot.”


18 posted on 07/28/2014 7:59:54 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: kristinn
"Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease ... Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid,"

Unfortunately? Why would you want to let any of those pass? Meanwhile, back at the Southern border ...

19 posted on 07/28/2014 8:03:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: kaila

In this case, even letting it “burn out” might not be a solution.

From what I have read, some of the survivors still can shed the virus...

If ebola comes to America, what do you do? Do you not go to work? Do you not go to the supermarket?

It will be fantastic when it happens.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: mplsconservative

Leaves behind a wife and three daughters. Sad...


21 posted on 07/28/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: djf
The reason why Ebola has spread in Africa is because of third world mentality. Not PC to say that, but it is true. They were warned not to handle the dead bodies, but due to cultural beliefs, they did it anyway. The virus spread because of their ignorance. The medical volunteers are on a suicide mission. If you look at pictures of the isolation clothes that they wear in the Ebola wards, it is no different than the clothes medical workers wear in US hospitals, with the exception of the complete face mask. If the CDC were there, they would be in spacesuits with decontamination showers. Entry and exits to the wards would have staging areas. At least, that is what I have read in first person accounts of previous outbreaks. I don't think that is being done now, we have a bunch of people running over there putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.
If it comes to the US, I think it can be contained by proper disposal of bodies, and real isolation techniques - biohazard suits, laminar flow rooms, etc.
22 posted on 07/28/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT by kaila
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To: chessplayer; djf

A scary and dangerous disease to be sure. However it doesn’t spread in the same area as the cold or flu. Outbreaks like this tend to be related to the substandard medical facilities and equipment in the region.


23 posted on 07/28/2014 8:21:35 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: kristinn

Is the headline implying that everyone in Washington, DC may get ebola?


24 posted on 07/28/2014 8:25:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NonValueAdded

“Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease ... Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid,”

Unfortunately? Why would you want to let any of those pass?


Where did it say those should be able to pass?


25 posted on 07/28/2014 8:26:19 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Apologies, I did not....So it sounds like it is possible it could already be here and we don’t know it yet.


26 posted on 07/28/2014 8:31:11 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: chessplayer

Why else would they say “unfortunately?”


27 posted on 07/28/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: edpc

That is only because they have never reached major
population centers before.

This is a nightmare beyond our wildest imagining.


28 posted on 07/28/2014 8:37:46 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: edpc

Outbreaks like this tend to be related to the substandard medical facilities and equipment in the region.


What about the infected guy who collapsed at the Nigerian airport? His flight also had a stop over.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3185751/posts


29 posted on 07/28/2014 8:43:15 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: kristinn
“Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won’t travel by airplane... Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid,”

I have a radical solution to this problem - don't let people into your country with malaria or typhoid either. Derp.

30 posted on 07/28/2014 8:43:18 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Not everyone. But the lows odds are there for the virus being brought to D.C. by one or more summit attendees. If it gets spread through sexual contact in D.C.’s gay scene or heterosexual prostitution rings it could get ugly fast.


31 posted on 07/28/2014 8:48:05 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: V_TWIN

Apologies, I did not....So it sounds like it is possible it could already be here and we don’t know it yet.


Yup. Now thats scary.


32 posted on 07/28/2014 8:59:56 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: kristinn

The Fourth Horseman.

(The Time Is Now.)


33 posted on 07/28/2014 9:07:12 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: tet68

It cousin Marburg Virus reached major European cities in the 60s. It infected 23 and killed 7. There’s a difference between infectious and contagious.


34 posted on 07/28/2014 9:15:49 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Qiviut
One can imagine what is going through the minds of officials at the CDC, Secret Service and Homeland Security.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3185799/posts?page=8#8

Damn straight! If I can come up with this in seconds, the CDC, SS, and Homeland Security should be working 24/7. Unfortunately, I agree with your statement.

35 posted on 07/28/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: kristinn

http://www.news.com.au/world/the-arrival-of-an-ebolainfected-air-passenger-in-nigeria-has-airlines-and-airports-scrambling-to-respond-around-the-world/story-fndir2ev-1227004137380

Much info at the above link.


36 posted on 07/28/2014 9:28:37 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: kristinn

“Ebola”?
Is that another one the CIA invented to get rid of negros?


37 posted on 07/28/2014 9:29:15 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: chessplayer

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3185799/posts?page=8#8


38 posted on 07/28/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Chgogal

It begins ......

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3186006/posts

At a news conference on Monday 27 July at the Lagos State Government Secretariat in Alausa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Lagos Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed that 59 people had contact with the late Sawyer, which include the Nigerian Ambassador to Laberia.

“So far, a total of 59 contacts have been registered consisting 44 hospital contacts (38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff) and 15 Airport contacts, comprising 3 ECOWAS staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Monrovia, two nursing staff and five Airport passenger handlers.

“As of the time of this report, 20 contacts had been physically screened of which 50% are type 1 contact and 50% had had type 2 contact. Airline manifest has not been provided by the airline at the time of this report and therefore the precise number of passenger contacts is yet to be ascertained, especially as two flights were involved (Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos),” he disclosed.


39 posted on 07/28/2014 9:39:40 AM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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To: null and void
I sure hope obama doesn't catch it.

I do too. We couldn't stand another affirmative action Federal holiday and ten streets in every city named Obama

40 posted on 07/28/2014 10:42:29 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: djf

I think I’d pick a word other than “fantastic” dude. It sounds like you’re a little excited for it to happen.


41 posted on 07/29/2014 7:11:52 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: skeeter

Especially horrible! As he only hangs with liberals, LBGT, Muslims, and the rest of the “protected classes”.


42 posted on 07/29/2014 7:16:34 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Qiviut

Thanks for this info.


43 posted on 07/29/2014 7:47:55 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: null and void

Me too. I wouldn’t wish that on almost anyone...


44 posted on 07/29/2014 8:08:52 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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